Shibboleth started as an Internet2 middleware initiative designed to provide federated access management between web-based resources, with an emphasis on security, scalability, and privacy. Shibboleth is now an independent consortium. The Shibboleth framework is an implementation of the SAML (Security Assertion Markup Language) protocol.
Shibboleth allows the Penn State community to authenticate into Penn State’s Shibboleth Identity Provider (IdP), which asserts his/her attributes (defined within the EduPerson schema) to Federated Service Providers (SP) for authorization decisions.
- Shibboleth is among the world’s most widely deployed federated identity solution, connecting users to applications both within and between organizations.
- Every software component of the Shibboleth system is free and open source.
- Shibboleth provides Single-Sign-On capabilities.
- Shibboleth allows sites to make informed authorization decisions for individual access of protected online resources in a privacy-preserving manner.
Service Availability and Maintenance
The service is available 24 hours per day, seven days per week.
To keep systems running at peak performance and to ensure the best possible service, routine testing and maintenance is performed during the daily maintenance window from 5:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. EST/EDT. During this time, systems and services may be affected. Unanticipated urgent service issues may require maintenance at other times.
There is no charge for this service.
Penn State contacts who are setting up a service or adding an existing service.
All Penn State students, staff, faculty, and designated affiliates.
If you need to integrate your service using Shibboleth, then email Identity Services.
Check the Support page for information on Identity Services and IT Service desk support.